Hi, friends! Welcome to Equip 4:12. I’m Bill Venard. Let me give you a little background on who I am and what this blog is about. In high school I was that kid that seemed to never be paying attention. I hated high school. My mind wandered a lot. Few things ever held my attention. Kind of a shy kid. Tried sports with little success. Art kind of held my attention, but I never really pursued it seriously then. Although, I guess a little bit of an artsy-fartsy side of me began to emerge in the form of music.
During my teens, it was music that grabbed my attention. I wanted to be a rock star. After all, the Beatles did it so why not me? During that time and into my twenties I played in local bands and even cut a record. Impressive, huh? My artsy side continued to progress as I eventually pursued photography in college, a family tradition that went back two generations. Before graduating I married my high school sweetheart and eventually we opened a photography studio. Unfortunately, I didn’t know much, or care much, for the business side of it. As you might guess, it crashed and burned after a few years. Lesson learned…the hard way. Usually the best kind.
Enter Jesus! There should be a trumpet fanfare or an angelic chorus here, or something. In 1981 He got my attention and held it. It was then that my passion for studying and teaching the Bible came alive and began to grow. In 1984 my wife and I packed up a U-Haul and headed off to seminary with our three kiddos in tow. Didn’t know how God would provide for us but believed that He would while holding to the promise of Matthew 6:33… “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”
We had only a little money to survive a few months. We believed that if this was truly God’s leading He would provide all that we needed. He did. In amazing ways. We saw Him meet our needs for food, shelter, cars, medical expenses, seminary expenses and much more so many times over those four years, it would take a very long time to describe them all. God is, indeed, faithful. We look back on those four years as possibly the sweetest time we had with Lord. God also blessed us with our fourth child then.
After pastoring a small church in Indiana for about six years, in 1994 we eventually moved to Michigan where I became a corporate safety trainer. It was during that time when God brought those creative gifts of teaching, writing and photography together in a corporate setting which eventually led to the birth of an idea. This blog.
That brings me to EQUIP 4:12. Here God has taken what I learned as a trainer, my passion to serve Him, teach His Word, and equip others, and combined them with the creative gifts and talents He has given me to create this blog. Based on Ephesians 4:12, I want to provide my readers with apologetics tools to equip them to both better understand the reasons behind their faith and, in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15, to equip them with answers to those with questions about the hope we have because of our faith in Jesus. On Tuesday every week, if you subscribe, you will receive a new post, in the form of a vlog (video blog), or an article from me. Occasionally I may post more frequently with videos or articles from other apologetics teachers. When you subscribe you will also receive a free download of two chapters of my new book, “Be The Difference.” This is a book to help equip 21st century difference makers for God’s kingdom.Please subscribe, tune in, check us out on Facebook where you can like and share with your friends and family.
Blessings and shalom!